The Pearl

What words in chapter 2 does John Steinbeck use to describe the setting ? Explain how he creates the setting by words.

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Steinbeck uses words like "old yellow plastered buildings" and the state of the canoes. Steinbeck continues to detail the extreme poverty in which Kino and Juana live; not only can they not afford their own canoe so that Kino may perform his job as a pearl diver, they must use a canoe that is several generations old. This is important, for it gives greater weight to the discovery of the pearl, which could raise them from a meager existence into some sense of security. Although the setting is naturally beautiful, it is filled with poverty for Kino and his people.